Tuesday, January 31, 2012

He symbolizes nature thru hoop dancing

Here is a 15-year-old lad who has mastered his skills in rare hoop dancing, which is familiar as storytelling dance. The hoop dance is not familiar in India compare to western countries, but for Tarun Campion its not so. He dances fabulously using the colorful hoops to intricate shapes of nature.

Tarun Campion who is interested in juggling and other gymnastic activities, is specialized in hoop dancing. Without any masters, he has mastered his skill in hoop dancing and has showed his talent in school and public functions.

His typical performance is for about 4 minutes, in which he incorporates about 25 hoops. His most popular acts are multiple body hooping and hoop juggling. While dancing, out of the moving hoops he symbolizes butterfly, peacock and many other significance of nature.

Using plastic rings he does this hoop dance, and the rings spun round the body in synchronized patterns and formations to the tune of music and accordingly he performs the formations of animals and birds. He has imported rings from foreign countries by booking them on-line.

Inspired after watching circus, he began to practice hoop dancing since his tender age. He says, 'Hoop dance is a difficult and dying art in today’s world. There is no recognition for hoop dance in India, but in Brazil, Latin America and Russia the hoop dance is very popular. This art should be promoted to large number of people.'

'Basically, hoop dancing is a gymnastic activity and a solo dance. In India the only places people can see hoop dancing is in circus, where the artist perform using four to eight rings,' adds Tarun.

Tarun, 1st PUC student of Vidyaashram PU College is equally good in trekking. So far he has performed in seven adventure trekking activities - National trekking expedition in Goa, National trekking expedition kodaikanal to munnar, twice to Thadiyandamol, Coorg and Kodachadri.

Tarun resident of Gokulam, is a son of William James Campion and Sandhya Parvathi. He desires to become wildlife geologist in future. He is leaving India on January 19, to continue his 12th and 13th PCMB in New Zealand. After his return he is planning to begin research on Tiger.

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